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Irish Ports See Volume of Goods Inbound from UK Down 50%

1st February 2021
Irish Ports during January saw volumes 50% down on imports from the UK. Above in the south east Irish Port of Waterford (Beliew) terminal where various bulk & breakbulk cargoes are also handled. AFLOAT has identified most of this merchant ship quayside scene during 2020 (l-r) Celtic Warrior (Charles M. Willie) Samskip Endeavour (for DFDS) and Miriam (for Maersk). Irish Ports during January saw volumes 50% down on imports from the UK. Above in the south east Irish Port of Waterford (Beliew) terminal where various bulk & breakbulk cargoes are also handled. AFLOAT has identified most of this merchant ship quayside scene during 2020 (l-r) Celtic Warrior (Charles M. Willie) Samskip Endeavour (for DFDS) and Miriam (for Maersk). Credit: Port of Waterford-twitter

Irish Port figures according to authorities following the Brexit transition that ended a month ago, have seen volumes of goods inbound from the UK remaining at around 50% of normal.

As RTE News reports, the quantities of freight however are continuing to gradually build week-on-week, state agencies report, with an 11% increase in movements last week compared to the previous seven days.

Concerns over post-Brexit paperwork, as well as delays at ports and changes in supply chains have also led to a 100% year-on-year increase in the amount of freight trade moving directly between Ireland and continental Europe.

Authorities say goods continue to move reasonably freely through Irish ports, with 80% of incoming vehicles arriving from the UK being green routed through, meaning they aren't being stopped for further checks. 

However, volumes remain far lower than normal due to pre-Brexit stockpiling, rerouting of goods onto direct routes between Ireland and the continent, lower demand for some items due to Covid-19 restrictions and the additional checks. 

More here on this story and as earlier reported Rosslare's rapid rise in ro-ro freight traffic. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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